TaNC News

A Culture of Copyright: A scoping study on open access to digital cultural heritage collections in the UK

Andrea Wallace, Researcher in Cultural Heritage Law

This report gives an overview of focused on how the UK GLAM sector fares in the global open GLAM landscape, what barriers reinforce a culture of copyright and the potential for open GLAM in the UK.

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Digital Collections Audit Report

Collections Trust & Intelligent Heritage

Between September 2021 and the end of January 2022, Collections Trust carried out an audit of digital collections in the UK’s leading cultural heritage institutions. Th The aim of the audit was to understand the number, scale and attributes of digitally-accessible collections across the UK cultural heritage sector that might form part of a future national digital collection infrastructure.

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International Benchmarking Review

Dr Carlotta Paltrinieri, Senior Researcher, Towards a National Collection

The focus of this report are digital initiatives worldwide that fall under two categories: initiatives that are as close as possible to the scope and reach of the TaNC programme, meaning initiatives that are multi sectoral, multi collection, and that connect cultural objects and records at a national scale; and initiatives that offer models for best practice in relevant areas

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Online User Research Literature Review:
UK Gallery, Library, Archive and Museum (GLAM) Digital Collections

Claire Bailey-Ross (University of Portsmouth)

A proper understanding of who uses digital collections and how, is critical for the success of the UK’s galleries, libraries, archives and museums in the information age. This review looks at available work from 2015 to 2021 to compare ways in which users and their behaviours have been categorised, and to identify areas where further discussion is required.

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Early Report of the
Persistent Identifiers Project

Wednesday 28th July 2021
14:00-15:30 BST

The Persistent Identifiers as IRO Infrastructure project has delivered a report on their early findings on how to take forward persistent identifiers (PIDs) as a core component of infrastructure in support of joining heritage collections together as a ‘National Collection’.

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COVID-19 Projects Announcement

The three digital projects were selected as part of TaNC’s ‘Covid-19 Urgency Call’ to provide a critical and time-sensitive evaluation of the digital practice undertaken by museums during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide scalable lessons to inform future museum practice as well as the overall TaNC programme.

More Information on the Projects

Foundation Projects
Interim Reports

Interim Reports from our Foundation Projects are now published. The eight reports make recommendations for the further development of the DigitalHumanities landscape in the UK.

Project Reports

Six of our Foundation Projects PI presented their findings in a series of webinars. Below are the links to the record presentations.

Persistent Identifiers & Locating a National Collection

Heritage Connector & Deep Discoveries

Provisional Semantics & Engaging Crowds



International Webinar:
Digital Public Engagement Strategies

Wednesday 28th July 2021

In this webinar speakers from The Smithsonian Transcription Center and The Heritage Lab, shared their digital engagement strategies for engaging the public in collections, research, and education resources.Speakers

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International Webinar:
Copyright and Open Access for Digital Collections: a Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday 26th May 2021

In this webinar leading thinkers in the digital copyright sphere participated in a roundtable discussion, sharing their honest views on the purposes of copyright, the re-use of data and digital reproductions in collections, and the revenue, costs and hidden costs behind Open Access.

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International Webinar:
CulturaItalia & Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

Wednesday 21st April 2021

The webinar featured speakers from CulturaItalia and Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek , excellent examples of initiatives aimed at building a national, cross-sectoral, and multi-collection platform.

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